Author Archives: Jennifer

God and the Painful Childbirth

Dec 6, 2016 | Posted by in Reflections | Comments Off on God and the Painful Childbirth

Some days it seems that every woman who has ever been pregnant has a horror story she would love to tell you. Every story you hear gets worse, as the complications become more common and the dangers seem overwhelming. It is amazing to me how many women actually believe they almost died during labor. ThenRead more …

Contentment in pregnancy

Dec 5, 2016 | Posted by in Reflections | Comments Off on Contentment in pregnancy

The Bible encourages us to not seek out more than what God has given us, to be satisfied with what we have been given. This contentment stems from the faith that God does know what you need and will take care of your needs. This doesn’t mean we cannot ask God for things. But itRead more …

Pregnancy Attitude?

Dec 2, 2016 | Posted by in Reflections | Comments Off on Pregnancy Attitude?

Some people say the glass is half-empty, some say it is half-full. But what about when you are pregnant? Is there a difference between seeing 9 months as too long and seeing 9 months as just long enough? Not every pregnant woman has an easy pregnancy. Not every pregnant woman enjoys her changing body. NotRead more …

Who is in control?

Dec 1, 2016 | Posted by in Devotion | Comments Off on Who is in control?

Jeremiah 27:8-15 As I read this passage while pregnant for my second child I wrote this note on the side:“You must go through birth not in control, just like Israel and Babylon.” As a childbirth educator I have seen that a common concern among women is that during labor they will be “out of control.”Read more …

Your Birth

Nov 30, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Your Birth

Ten questions about your birth How did my entrance to the family affect the family? What are the events of my birth as told by different family members? What attitudes do family members have about my birth? What was my mother’s physical and emotional state when I was born? How healthy was I during pregnancyRead more …

Being Pregnant

Nov 29, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Being Pregnant

Ten questions about being pregnant Describe your feelings about your body before pregnancy. Describe your feelings about your body during this and previous pregnancies. How has being pregnant changed your life right now? What do you enjoy about being pregnant? What do you not enjoy about being pregnant? How comfortable are you physically? How comfortableRead more …

Becoming a Parent

Nov 28, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Becoming a Parent

Ten questions about becoming a parent. How will you and your spouse make parenting decisions? In what ways will your spouse be a good parent? In what ways will your spouse need to change to be a good parent? In what ways will you be a good parent? In what ways will you need toRead more …

Medications in Labor

Nov 28, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Medications in Labor

Ten Questions about Medications During Labor How will you know it is time to use medications? How will you cope if medications are not available? In what ways do you anticipate medications helping your labor (write more than “less pain”)? What fears or concerns do you have about using medications? How will you respond afterRead more …

Spiritual Preparation for Labor and Birth

Nov 28, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Spiritual Preparation for Labor and Birth

Spiritual preparation is about opening your heart, being honest with God and yourself. One way to uncover what is hidden in your heart is through guided journaling and prayer. The “Ten Questions About…” exercises are designed to guide you through your emotions, thoughts and spiritual challenges. Emotions are real. Your body chemistry changes ever soRead more …

Accepting your Baby as a Gift from God

Nov 28, 2016 | Posted by in Ten Questions About | Comments Off on Accepting your Baby as a Gift from God

Ten Questions about accepting your baby as a gift from God In what ways did you plan for this pregnancy? In what ways were you caught by surprise? How did you respond when you suspected pregnancy? How did you respond when you confirmed pregnancy? How did your loved ones respond when you shared your news?Read more …